Illinois Senators Begin Overriding Some of Gov. Rauner's Vetoes

Nov 16, 2016

The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of legislation that would raise the pay for home-care workers.

Senators then approved new legislation to allow disabled clients in the home-services program to choose their helpers even if overtime pay is necessary.

Workers who help disabled residents stay in their homes would get a $2-an-hour raise to $15 if the Illinois House agrees with Wednesday's vote.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto cited cost.

The Senate also approved legislation allowing overtime pay for work over 40 hours a week. The Rauner administration limited overtime this year when the federal government ruled the workers qualified to receive it.

The bill would mean clients could keep familiar caregivers even if work exceeds 40 hours.

The Illinois Senate has also approved a plan again to automatically register people to vote. It comes despite an earlier veto of the legislation by the governor.

Automatic voter registration had strong bipartisan support when legislators first approved it earlier this year.

But in vetoing the proposal, Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, warned that non-citizens could be registered.

Not so, says Sen. Andy Manar, a Democrat from the Springfield area. He says there are adequate safeguards. He also says automatic registration is a way to streamline Illinois government.

"Let's get rid of these lines that occurred a week ago for same-day registration. Happened all over the state."

The Senate overrode the veto despite most Republicans siding with the governor.

The measure still has to get through the House, where Democrats have had a harder time overcoming Rauner's vetoes. I'm Brian Mackey.